I am quite possibly the last person who should be writing about higher education, but I find the ProfHacker blog on The Chronicle of Higher Education really interesting. They write about productivity and technology from a different angle, which I like. It doesn’t hurt that most of the writers are professors, associate professors, or assistant professors which means they are vary vary smrt.
Kathleen Fitzpatrick,professor of Media Studies at Pomona College, recently wrote an interesting post about the Books in Browsers conference. The question posed was: is it possible to deliver books through open platforms (ie a browser) instead of closed devices (ie a Kindle).
Books-in-browsers present some significant advantages to readers in terms of portability and accessibility of content, as Brewster Kahle has explored. Delivering content via the browser also presents advantages for publishers, book sellers, and libraries, all of whom have an interest in balancing wide distribution with certain kinds of use restrictions.
The comment thread is also worth a read so I recommend checking out both the post and the comments.
How about you, would you read books in a browser, assuming they nail the experience?